Venture capital is funding, invested in an enterprise, which offers the probability of profit along with the possibility of loss. The VC investor owns a piece of the company (equity) in exchange for his investment, and is commonly repaid when the company is sold or when its shares become available to the public. It differs from a loan (or debt), which is repaid monthly or as negotiated at the time of the loan. CEI is involved with venture capital through its two subsidiaries, CEI Ventures, Inc. and CEI Community Ventures, Inc.
CEI Ventures, Inc. manages socially responsible venture capital funds. The company was founded in 1994 to mobilize private capital markets while advancing social goals. We accept investments from accredited individuals, foundations, banks and other organizations that are looking for socially responsible ways to invest their money in growing, entrepreneurial businesses and have thoroughly read the any offering document currently in effect.
We believe there is value added to financial returns by addressing a multitude of social concerns through all stages of the investment process, and that there are compelling investment opportunities in a range of markets underserved by the financing community. Through investing in these companies, we create quality employment opportunities, especially for people with low to moderate incomes, promote progressive management practices, support socially beneficial products and services, enrich distressed communities, and foster environment sustainability. We manage balanced equity portfolios, diversified by geography, industry, stage of business development and social benefits. Often staged through multiple financing, target investments in companies will generally range from $250,000 to $1 million.
CEI Community Ventures, Inc. finances growth-oriented businesses in targeted communities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. CCVI invests in companies in a variety of sectors and stages (early, development, later). Our target investment ranges from $250,000 and $750,000. Working with partner funds, we can also help coordinate and/or lead larger financings (as much as $5 million) with investors that share our outlook and criteria.
For more information, email Nat Henshaw or call him at 207-535-2904.